Sunday, January 22, 2017

The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda




Guest:  Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda...........We will look back at President Trump's speech........a very different speech to say the least..........the reaction to the speech from some in the media...........the last few days of President Obama, from controversial commutations to Democrats not showing up to participate...........and where does President Trump go from here?........Roe v Wade opinion was issued in 1973......and other stories...    
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Ivan changed the game with his electric arm

As I recall, Ivan Rodriguez broke with the Rangers in 1991 on the road in Chicago.  It was the start of an amazing career that took him to the Hall of Fame in 2017.

What was the reason that we remember him after all of those years?   

Was it 2844 hits or a .296 career batting average?   or catching 2,427 games?  311 HR & 1,332 RBI?

The answer is his electric arm or his ability to kill a rally by picking of a runner at second or first.    Evan Grant remembers:
The first time Ivan Rodriguez threw the baseball to second base for a member of the Texas Rangers organization, it traveled at 93 mph. The first time he threw it to the base in a major league game, it reached the base before poor, unsuspecting baserunner Joey Cora even started his slide.
A legend was quickly born.
Over time, Ivan not just picked off runners.    He also forced runners to cut down their leads thus making a double play a little easier or keeping many from reaching third on a single.       It changed the game as any manager on the other side will tell you.

It was amazing for many of us watching on TV as well.     We would watch the game expecting Rodriguez to pick off runners.

Congratulations Ivan!


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Like Namath, Trump had better deliver

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Let’s just call it “Trumpian” or an inauguration speech that only a President Trump could deliver.  He did not hold back or pull any punches as Michael Goodwin wrote.  
Frankly, it was brash and in your face but that’s Trump.   
After the speech, I tried to remember what the speech reminded me of.  I spent a couple of hours Friday night watching old inauguration speeches on YouTube and keeping an eye on the dancing in Washington DC.  
I was intrigued with President Trump’s speech, to say the least.
It was not really Reagan 1981, although I understand the desire of so many to make the connection.  It was not really Kennedy 1961, because that was a call to the kind of intervention abroad that Trump does not believe in.
 
So I came to the conclusion that it reminded me of Joe Namath in 1969 making a brash statement that his Jets would beat the ultra-favorite Colts from the NFL.   
Talk about taking on the establishment?  What was more establishment than the NFL in 1969?  What was more “in your face” than saying that the Jets of the AFL would beat the 13-1 Colts of the NFL?
A few years ago, I was looking for an article about that guarantee.  It was for my sons who were asking questions about Namath and Super Bowl III.   
First, I read “Namath” by Mark Kriegel.  (By the way, he also wrote “Pistol Pete” about the tragic story of Pete Maravich)
Second, I saved this great article by Les Carpenter about that guarantee made 3 days before the game.   It happened like this:
Namath stepped before the crowd, and although his Jets were enormous underdogs to the Baltimore Colts, he said: 
“We’re gonna win the game. I guarantee it.”
The article continues later with what may have been Namath’s real motivation:
He wasn’t trying to cosmically inspire the Jets, sequestered 30 miles away in Fort Lauderdale. 
If anything, he was probably trying to play games with the Colts, who represented the football establishment, an old guard that didn’t understand spontaneous comments made by 25-year-old quarterbacks in banquet halls.
Mark Kriegel, the author of “Namath, A Biography,” said Namath had privately been telling friends not to bet the points that weekend but to bet the odds, which at the time stood 7-1 against the Jets winning. The quarterback had watched plenty of film on the Colts and knew they could be beaten.
“My argument is he set the Colts up beautifully,” Kriegel said. “Everything he learned as a teenage pool hustler in [his home town] Beaver Falls [Pa.], he put to use on Super Bowl week. He conned the Colts out of a Super Bowl.”
The guarantee of victory, while spontaneous, was just a part of that larger plan.
To say the least, that larger plan sure worked.  The Jets beat the shocked Colts 16-7 and Broadway Joe has been doing interviews about that game for 38 years!
Was there a bigger establishment than the NFL?   Speaking of odds, I remember a veteran sportscaster in Milwaukee predicting a 38-0 Colts victory.
I believe that Trump has pulled a Namath on the political class.  He wants to get in their heads and then hope that the voters get on the political class.
Will it work?  It worked for Joe because he delivered a victory.  Time will tell whether or not Trump can do to the political class what Joe did to the Colts’ rattled defense.
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